African Diamond Conference (Postponed)
African Diamond Conference Postponed due to COVID-19
We regret to inform you that the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), together with its partners – the South African Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, the African Diamond Producers Association and Belgium’s Federal Public Service-Foreign Affairs – have come to the conclusion that the only sensible and realistic option available is to postpone the African Diamond Conference, scheduled to be held in Durban, South Africa, from 5-6 May, 2020. A new date has not yet been set, but it is likely to be rescheduled for late October 2020. We sincerely hope you will be able to join us then.
The decision to postpone the conference was only taken after thorough consideration of the current situation and of all the available options. At the end of the day, we felt the decision to postpone was the only feasible one. We need not point out to anyone the extent to which the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus has disrupted everyday life across the globe, leading to the postponement or cancellation of myriad events in the interest of public health.
Likewise, the top priority of the African Diamond Conference organizers is to protect the health of all those involved and those with whom they come in contact. Recognizing the fact that the participants would be arriving from all across the world – if they could travel at all – including countries hardest hit by the outbreak, we realized the only viable option was to postpone the gathering until a sense of certainty and safety is restored.
Listening to the advice of experts around the world, we hope and anticipate the situation will be contained and normal life restored after a few difficult months. Until that time comes, however, we hope that you, your families and loved ones remain safe and healthy. We will inform you as soon as we know more about the new date of the conference and wish to convey that we have not lost any of our enthusiasm about seeing you in South Africa in the fall.
As soon as a new date is set, we will update our website and inform our guests. We hope you will join us then!